Age: 18 Months - 5 Years (younger ones need more supervision)
Time: 15 min (+ Prep)
Books: Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert, The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Large paper plates
Water Colors (or other kid friendly paints)
Dark Colored Pipe Cleaners
Adults get to use Scissors & Hole Punch
Prep: Fold the plate in half then cut a scalloped edge on the folded side. (The result should be two pieces that look a little like a pair of kidney beans.) With the pieces still facing each other, punch two holes about 2” apart on the rounded edge of the plate.
Activity: Each child gets a Pair of wings (cut plate) and paints to decorate them with. Encourage kids to mix colors, paint both sides, experiment! When they are finished painting, give the plates a few minutes to dry. (Hint – kids love to wash brushes almost as much as they love paint!) With a little help from an adult, ‘stitch’ the wings together with the pipe cleaner, leaving the long ends to become antenna. Take your butterfly on a flower finding adventure!
Notes/Tips: For ease of clean-up, cover the workspace with newspaper in advance and provide a paper towel to each kid to use as they work. Crayons can also be used instead of paints for an even lower mess factor.